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Tentative Schedule
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Proposal Deadline
October July 16, 2014

Proposal Information

Paul P. Fidler's
Research Grant
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Preconference Workshops

Continental breakfast and lunch is included with all preconference workshops. Separate registration is required.

W-1 College to Workplace Transition: Managing Great Expectations
Saturday, October 18, 2014 <> 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon <> $135

Paul Hettich, Professor Emeritus - DePaul University; Camille Helkowski, Associate Director, Career Development Center - Loyola University Chicago

Most college graduates enter the workplace with high expectations but limited work experience and an inadequate understanding of individual, social, and external forces that influence transition. Many employers complain about graduates' lack of professional preparedness. This workshop will explore (a) models of transition and selected developmental, vocational, and motivation perspectives that influence transition; (b) survey data regarding skills and behaviors that employers seek and differences between college and corporate organizational cultures; and (c) strategies that promote successful transition, including experiential based, college-driven knowledge and skills, and a broad counseling framework. The interactive presentation will be supplemented by exercises and discussion.

W-2 Building a First-Year Seminar Program that Promotes Student Success Through Paired Courses and Engaging Activities
Saturday, October 18, 2014 <> 8:00 am - 12:00 noon <> $135

Denise Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics; Director of First-Year Experience Program - Virginia Wesleyan College; Rebecca Hooker, Associate Professor of English - Virginia Wesleyan College

This interactive workshop will explore the strategies and benefits for pairing first-year seminars with academic courses to promote student success. Participants will learn how to develop common course objectives and components that promote student success for a first-year seminar program and will engage in interactive activities that relate directly to the created course objectives and which can be used in their first-year seminar program. Participants will also learn steps to take when evaluating their first-year seminar program.

W-3 Proving and Improving: Assessment of Students in Transition
Saturday, October 18, 2014 <> 8:00 am - 12:00 noon <> $135

Jennifer R. Keup, Director, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina

In an era of declining resources and increasing accountability, assessment has never been more important to student success initiatives than it is today. Assessment activities can be an important driver for change, serve as a foundation for strategic planning, and inform efforts for students' transition into and through higher education. This session will review many of the basic tenets of high-quality assessment and focus on the challenges and opportunities with respect to the assessment of students in transition and the programs created to support their success. More specifically, this session will provide an overview of assessment structures and methods; discuss the development of learning outcomes; explore instruments used to assess student learning, experiences, satisfaction, and change; and focus on value-added models and tracking techniques that are critical to the assessment of students in transition.

W-4 Planning for Student Transitions Across the Undergraduate Years
Saturday, October 18, 2014 <> 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m <> $245

Betsy O. Barefoot, Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; Senior Scholar - John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

John N. Gardner, Senior Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; President - John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

In this workshop, both two-year and four-year participants will be introduced to a comprehensive range of strategies for improving the success of students throughout their college or university experience. Presenters will guide participants in an evaluation of their current institutional transition programs and in the creation of a draft action plan to improve student success, retention, and progression in one or more critical transition periods-first year, sophomore, transfer, and senior (if applicable). Participants will have an opportunity to share their planning drafts and receive feedback from the facilitators and other attendees. Institutional teams are encouraged, but individual participants are also welcome.

W-5 Forgotten No More: Creating Opportunities for Transfer Students to Flourish at Your Institution
Saturday, October 18, 2014 <> 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm <> $135

Stephanie M. Foote, Director, Master of Science in First-Year Studies; Associate Professor of Education - Kennesaw State University; C. Jean So, Assistant Director, Student Orientation and Transition Programs - Kennesaw State University

Transfer students are a growing population at most institutions; approximately one out of every five new students at four-year institutions have transferred from another college or university (NCES, 2008). In response to the increasing numbers of transfer students, institutions are creating programs and services aimed at supporting them during their nuanced transitions. This interactive workshop will focus on helping participants identify and develop a plan of action that will provide opportunities for transfer students to flourish. The workshop presenters will introduce best practices, as well as research and assessment findings to guide program development aimed at transfer student success.

W-6 Designing Support Services for Enhancing Student Veteran Success
Saturday, October 18, 2014<> 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm <> $135

Sonya Joseph, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs - Valencia College; Mark Allen Poisel, Vice President for Student Affairs - Georgia Regents University

A key issue facing higher education today is assisting the increasing numbers of returning veterans coming to colleges and universities. Greater institutional resources and intentional efforts are needed to assist these students in making a successful transition to college and ultimately completing their degrees. Institutions need to review their services beyond benefit certification or designation as "veteran friendly" to determine the best way serve this ever-increasing population. Both two-year and four-year institutions will benefit from managing their relationships with and services for student veterans. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion on serving veterans on our campuses.